• bHs at the 2023 Regionals

    New Handler bHs at the 2023 Regionals
  • Helper Training Day!

    Skills development at the club!
  • Matthew - Certified to Front Half Trial Helper

    2023 National Helper Seminar
  • Ian & Archie - BH Routine

    2023 Ontario Regionals
  • Scott & Josey - BH Routine

    2023 Ontario Regionals
  • Garrett & Viska - BH routine

    2023 Ontario Regionals
  • Ian & Remy - BH routine

    2023 Ontario Regionals
  • Club Award

    2023 Ontario Regionals
  • Dwyn & Andie

    Dwyn & Andie achieve their bH
  • Ryan & Teaching Helpers (Pando, Marvin & Anthony)

    Congratulations Ryan! - certified as Club Level Front Half Helper at 18 yrs old!!
  • Marvin - 2017 Regionals

    Marvin - 2017 Ontario Regionals
  • Congratulations - Frank - 100 points in tracking. May 2017

    Congratulation - Frank - 100 pts in tracking. May 2017
  • Marvin - 2016 Ontario Regionals with Champion Checker & Shanon

    Marvin - 2016 Ontario Regionals with Champion Checker & Shanon

    photo by Dwyn Tomlinson
  • Retrieve

    Buffy vom Bergblick - IPO1 and IPO 2 just two weeks apart.
  • Marvin - 2015 Ontario Regionals

    Marvin - 2015 Ontario Regionals

  • Marvin, 2014 Ontario Regionals

    Photo by Dwyn Tomlinson
  • Intensity


    photo by Dwyn Tomlinson
  • Marvin - IPO3 Back Half Helper for 2013 Ontario Regionals

    Marvin - IPO3 Back Half Helper for 2013 Ontario Regionals

    Photo by Susan St. George




On January 21, 2024, Synergy Working Dog Club lost one of our founding members: Marvin Eng. Marvin had been at the heart of Synergy Working Dog Club since our inception, but, along with his wife Penny, and Dwyn Tomlinson, we have been training together for 25 years.
We are devastated by his sudden passing. RIP Marvin Eng.



Events for 2024

We are hosting a trial in June 22, 2024 with Lance Collins

GSSCC Events Calendar to register

general public and spectators are welcome



About SWDC (Synergy Working Dog Club)

The goal of the Synergy Working Dog Club is to be a safe place to learn. Our passion is the working dog breeds and our goal is to excel in performance events that showcase the working dog's abilities – specifically IGP/IPO/Schutzhund.

We apply tested methods of behavioural science in order to understand and communicate with our dogs. We do this in a supportive environment, and our concerns are, in order, the safety of the community, the handler, and the dog.


Visiting the Club

We are monitoring the COVID situation. Currently, we are permitting some visitors on a limited basis. We understand that quite a few people have acquired a dog during COVID, and are now interested in Schutzhund. If you are looking for a club and want to find out more about us, please phone Penny at (416) 561-2607 to find out if we are a good fit for you.


What is Schutzhund/IPO/IGP?

Schutzhund was the original test of suitability for the German Shepherd Dog - the proof that the dog was worthy to be bred and be part of the legacy of the breed. In a nutshell - it is sport that demonstrates the dog's ability to work in harmony with her/his handler, and to demonstrate their courage and obedience.

Schutzhund has three parts: Tracking, Obedience, and Protection. The Tracking portion demonstrates the dog's ability to follow a scent with focus and concentration. In the Obedience portion, dogs perform a variety of exercises such as heeling, sitting, retrieving, and ignoring distractions. The Protection portion tests the dog's courage and strength, but also their obedience and ability to remain calm.

Schutzhund training and competition preserves the spirit of the dogs that also the base for canine law enforcement dogs, military working dogs, and search and rescue dogs. Although Schutzhund training is for all breeds, German Shepherd Dogs do excel due to their intelligence, their bravery, and their willingness to work and to please.